SALT LAKE CITY, June 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amedica Corporation (Nasdaq:AMDA), a commercial biomaterial company focused on using its Silicon Nitride technology platform to develop, manufacture and sell a broad range of medical devices, announced today that it will cease distribution of amniotic derived allograft products under a distribution agreement with a third party supplier.

The decision to cease distribution of these allograft products and terminate the agreement allows the company to direct resources to obtaining FDA 510(k) clearance on the company's Silicon Nitride Cancellous Structured Ceramic (CSC) biomaterial, a potential alternative to allograft bone with superior characteristics. This hydrophilic and osteoconductive bioceramic is designed to facilitate bone growth in the center lumen of an interbody spinal device, which should allow surgeons to reduce or eliminate the use of allograft bone and other osteoconductive biomaterials.

Amedica's interbody devices utilizing CSC have received a CE mark and are currently being distributed in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany. Additionally, the company is conducting a prospective randomized clinical trial in Europe named CASCADE comparing its Valeo composite Silicon Nitride interbody devices, which combine an existing Amedica Valeo interbody product design with CSC, to PEEK interbody devices to obtain additional safety and efficacy data to support a 510(k) clearance in the United States. The trial is 100% enrolled with 100 patients, and results are expected to be published in the second half of 2014.

Eric Olson, CEO and President of Amedica, commented, "Amedica's Silicon Nitride interbody devices, with and without Cancellous Structured Ceramic, offer significant advantages over other spinal implants. With this in mind, the company is focused on driving the technology forward for rapid acceptance in the marketplace to the ultimate benefit of patients worldwide."

Jay Moyes, CFO of Amedica, added, "Revenue from the amniotic derived allograft products accounted for less than 4% of overall sales in Q1 of 2014, but was as high as 12% in 2013. However, gross margin from these products was negligible. While our decision to cease distribution of these allograft products under the distribution agreement may initially result in a decline in top-line revenue in the short-term, we believe it is in the best interest of our customers and shareholders that our company focuses on our proprietary biomaterials which yield much higher gross margins."  

About Amedica Corporation

Amedica is a commercial biomaterial company focused on using its Silicon Nitride technology platform to develop, manufacture and sell a broad range of medical devices. Amedica markets spinal fusion products and is developing product candidates for use in total hip and knee joint replacements. Amedica operates an ISO 13485 certified manufacturing facility and its spine products are FDA cleared, CE marked, and currently marketed in the U.S. and select markets in Europe and South America.  

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